It all seemed to end in a draw for Ecuador in their presentation at the Sub-20 World Cup in Argentina. However, at the San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium, this could not happen when they fell close, in Group B against the United States.
It was the Stars and Stripes that initially set the tone of the game. It’s that he took possession of the ball and grew from it, with lateralization in his attacks, the way he generated some approximations. La Tri had a hard time finding a way to dominate offensively until the first warning by Kendry Paez.
After quarter hour of the match, both the teams found clarity in their progress. On one hand, Joshua Vander forced goalkeeper Gilmar Napa to respond, while on the other, Nilsson Angulo played a fine individual game for the South Americans, finishing in an opponent’s shot.
On the way to halftime, Miguel Bravo began to have control of the ball. Thus, they tried to take advantage of their moment in the match and go into the break with a lead, which they saw fit with the risky arrival of Allan Minda.
Through no fault of their own, the Ecuadorians were about to suffer. After a ball that got stuck in his area, Napa moved away to clear, but the ball hit a teammate and was taken by Diego Luna on the left. The ’10’ of the North Americans made a run and with the goal free, his shot went very close to the right post.
After this wasted opportunity for the Yankees, the Tricolor team was more decisive in attacking and balancing possession of the ball. In that progression, Justin Cuero drew a warning while attempting a pitch, which stunned time.
Between the tenacity of the defense and the lack of ingenuity in attack, the two selections seemed to be closing in agreement with the tie. However Jonathan Gómez fired a huge left footed long shot into the top right corner to give the USA the win in the end.
As such, Ecuador misses out on a point that could be useful in their continuation of the field and is now left with the need to go for their first win against Slovakia. For their part, the North American team ignites their confusion for the round of 16 and will next face Fiji.